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By: Dan K.
Imperial Automotive
My 2000 Nissan Frontier broke down on Hwy 37 200 miles from home on a work trip during the morning commute in late October, My initial diagnosis was the timing belt. I immediately searched for mechanics and got several estimates. Timing belt failures usually damage the pistons and valves which can be very costly. Kevin offered a very fair estimate with best and worst case scenarios so I had the truck towed to his shop. He and his assistants were extremely competent with this service and I had complete confidence that they would be honest about the findings. The timing belt was the culprit and I was fortunate that it did no harm to the motor when a third of the belt teeth were stripped smooth (which they showed me) during my commute. They also made good suggestions to replace other belts and water pump since the old ones had to come off anyway. The total cost was under $600 which could have been thousands! They finished the work on schedule and the truck runs better than ever! I've driven 2000 miles since the repair which involved some heavy hauling and everything is still perfect. I truly appreciated the friendly, honest service for the best price and highly recommend this shop.
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By: Julia W.
Judy's Automotive
Thank God for Judy! She is not only an extremely experienced mechanic, she is also an amazing person. She had a really big heart; I completely trust her. She communicated everything so clearly that even my dog could understand. She was able to diagnose the problem when other mechanics could not. I've had so many cars and so many mechanics in different cities; hands down, she is the best!
By: Steve K.
Diamond Tire Center
I was looking to get a four wheel alignment for my old Accord. I did some research and saw that Diamond Tire Center had a tremendous amount of great reviews. After dealing with them, I can clearly see why. The place is spotless, everyone there is very nice, they do great work, and most important of all, they're very honest. Highly recommended.
By: Info@slateroofstudio.org J.
A-1 Imports
I've gone to A1 for 20 years now. The owner is know as "JP". He is a very honest guy and I've seen him stay late for customers and fix things that other people might have just replaced for a lot more money. He was written up in the Pacific Sun (Marin paper) for his honest work. He builds race cars as a hobby so he know what he is doing...
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By: Paul D.
Neuhaus Service
Great service and friendly family shop
Tips & Advices
Among the common scams pulled are needless repairs, where a garage charges you for work that isn't necessary. Another popular one is attracting customers through a cheap oil change or tire pressure check. Then, when you your car is being repaired, they give you a long list of other corrections they'd like to make, therefore boosting the total cost of your bill. The best way to combat these types of problems is getting a written estimate before work is done so you can see how much repairs are expected to cost. If the final bill is higher than the estimate projected, ask to specifically see the work. Make sure information is put in writing as well. If a problem remains, you can have proof that work was not done to your satisfaction.
For winter driving, features such as the defroster, heater and exhaust system are paramount. Look in your owner's manual for specific directions on how features should be checked and repaired. Many newer cars have a cabin air filter that can be replaced when needed, allowing warm air to continue to flow in. Also, check tires before winter driving, as they need to be at the proper pressure to perform well on snow and ice.
In the spring and summer, you want to be sure your air conditioner and cooling systems work correctly. Given the high temperatures, overheating is a common problem. Look over the system by ensuring there is enough coolant available. If it needs to be refilled, it is best to open the hood and add more to the car before it gets too warm out. Also, clean out fan ducts and other ventilation sources necessary for summertime driving.
Some fixes to your car can be done without paying a specialist. Issues like replacing oil and air filters are relatively simple, with instructions provided in the owner's manual on how to make these changes. The same goes for replacing broken windshield wipers or burnt-out headlights. Such issues should be repaired quickly to guarantee safety, but don't require a visit to a garage.
Yes. Not every type of auto repair work needs to be done by a certified mechanic. You can fix some of a vehicle's issues just by paying attention to how the automobile is running and having a basic understanding of auto repair. Look over the ways weather may impact your car and what preventative measures you can take to avoid having to take it into the shop.

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